If you want your teeth and gums to remain healthy, you will need to ensure that all dental plaque is removed from your teeth on a consistent basis. This is done by regular at-home dental brushing and flossing and during regular teeth cleanings at the office of our dentist. Our Albany dentist, recommends that patients come in for a teeth cleaning every six months, in most cases, in order to make sure that your teeth remain clean and plaque-free.
Plaque is a clear and sticky material that covers teeth. It contains an acid which will eat through the enamel of your teeth and cause dental cavities if it is left on your teeth for a long enough period of time. Plaque can be easily removed from teeth during regular tooth-brushing. However, even with the most vigorous tooth-brushing plan, some plaque will generally remain on teeth. When plaque remains on teeth for even a short period of time it will harden and turn into tartar. Tartar is a hard and mineralized substance which will tightly adhere to your teeth. When tartar stays on teeth for an extended period of time it will encourage the development of deep pockets to form between your teeth and gums. When this occurs, plaque, tartar, bacteria and food debris will all gather in the deep pockets and you will have gum disease. For all these reasons it is very important that you keep your teeth clean and that you come to see the office of our Albany dentist for regularly scheduled dental cleanings. Not only will the teeth cleanings help your teeth remain cavity free, but it will also help ensure that you do not develop gum disease. Gum disease can cause teeth to loosen and even fall out.
For an appointment to meet with our Albany dentist for a comprehensive dental exam, or to receive a teeth cleaning at our office, simply contact us today.